Monday, February 7, 2011

PBG Good News: Pay it Forward Holland, Michigan

Holland, Michigan was rated as the second happiest city in the USA in February, 2010.  At a time when the economy is suffering and in a state that seems to be suffering more than other, the residents of Holland, Michigan still managed to have smiles on their faces.  This was so intriguing to well known investigative reporter Diane Sawyer, that she paid a visit to this small town to figure out their secret. 

Ramona Scott, from Brooklyn, New York, watched Diane’s report on the evening news and was so impressed with the way Holland managed to have smiles on their faces in spite of hardship that she sent the Mayor a $250 check instructing him to distribute it in increments of $25 
to those who could use a boost in difficult times. Ms. Scott's generosity inspired the citizens of Holland, who began sending checks to augment the Ramona L. Scott Fund, and eventually the Pay It Forward Holland program was founded.

Pay It Forward

So, how is this small community striving to ensure they stay happy?  Through the Pay It Forward Holland program residents are encouraged to perform a random act of kindness and present a PIFH card to the recipient.  The recipient of the card is directed to the PIFH website where the act of kindness can be recorded. 

What are people doing?  They are feeding parking meters, buying coffee for strangers, shovelling driveways and so many more inspiring things.  I think this is such a great idea.  In the past I have bought coffee for the car behind me in the drive thru and it was such a small gesture but it made me so happy to be able to start someone's day with a little smile. 

If you would like to find out more about this program check out their website - Pay It Forward Holland.  Maybe you could start a Pay It Forward movement in your community.

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